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How many red balls can you count in this photo below? Take a brief moment and count before you continue. Did you say there were five red balls? Are you absolutely positively certain? Recount again. Can you see another? Look closer. Are you positive there are only five balls? The longer you look at the photo and try to figure it out, the more surprised you’ll be when I reveal the optical illusion it hides. How about this for a hint! Didn’t help? How about another hint… Admit it, you never thought the answer was right there in front of your eyes the whole time. If you enjoy this type of optical illusions, be sure to head over and watch the Awareness Test video. Thanks goes to Deceptology blog for bringing this to my attention!

The 5 Red Balls Optical Illusion

Notice how many red balls are there in this photo?


320 Responses
  1. Ben says:

    Couldn’t see it at first, but got it eventually w/out the clues :P

  2. Blaise Pascal says:

    I’m only counting 5 red balls. Am I missing any?

    I’ve counted twelve times, and I only see 5 balls.

  3. Jorg says:

    Saw it pretty quickly and without the clues. But saw it because i knew there had to be something wrong… otherwise maybe i wouldn’t have noticed it.

  4. Ralph says:

    I count 12.

  5. SNUGGLES says:


  6. Bobby says:

    I only count 5 red balls but did notice the guy has 12 fingers.

  7. Thanos says:

    I was noticing his right pinkie (left as we see it) but if i hadnt seen the clue (i saw the first one) i would never figure it out i think

  8. itsdave says:

    Got this one rather quickly, but there are others that are very similar, good one though!

  9. z2d4th says:

    You’re right there are twelve. Twelve what?

  10. Azn Girl says:

    The red balls aren’t the illusion. Count the man’s fingers.

  11. Stacey says:

    I only count 5 red balls, but I see 12 fingers

  12. Cooper says:

    well he has 6 fingers on each hand but I don’t really think that this is a very good illusion if that’s all there is…

  13. Jace says:

    Yes there are olny 5 red balls! I like the illusion just not your lead up to it.

  14. cgimusic says:

    Got this fairly quickly when I realized that there was defiantly only 5 balls. Great trick though.

  15. underwriter says:

    Two words: Anne Boleyn.

  16. Henry says:

    Like this but got it in two seconds…. I have to smile reading others that are stumped at it tho lol

  17. JohnE says:

    It’s not really about the balls, but it does have to do with counting. I actually got it right away before the hint. Something just looked a little…excessive.

  18. Kaitlyn says:

    I counted 10.

  19. he says:

    dont get it

  20. Cam says:

    I think I’m missing something… I still don’t get it, I don’t know what I am supposed to get??

  21. Michael says:

    WOW I Just Noticed BAM hit me in the face Now I feel kinda stupid since I didn’t notice for a long time Wow this is a good one

  22. Raúl says:

    The question was how many balls. Nobody said anything about the fingers.

  23. Justme says:

    This guys really good at counting to 12…

  24. bgkdavis says:

    don’t get caught out by the miss direction, there are no balls, but there are 5 red spots!

    btw the real illusion was pretty easy to spot, especially when you realised that counting balls wasn’t going to help :)

  25. kano says:

    I see the hidden secret, but still only 5 red balls. Unless you count what looks like a little dry blood on one of his fingers.

    • Glendalough says:

      I think the dude has a bunch of warts on the palm of his left hand. See 1st. photo.

  26. Kivrin says:

    So is the “illusion” here that the guy has polydactyly? Because I saw that right away. I was able to see the extra fingers despite looking for red balls. I’m not getting this.

  27. iampurple says:

    I only count 5balls but noticed his fingers were 12.. how was that??? lol

  28. Chenoa Zephyra says:

    Hint: It’s not the balls to count guys – look closer!

  29. Santaclara says:

    OMG,soooo creepy,yes they are 5 red circles but count the fingers on the hands

  30. vaha says:

    5 balls…but how many fingers…

  31. Sarah says:

    OMG I am a complete nerd. I finally got it.

  32. lokkness says:

    there are 5 balls, one for each “finger” (not inc the thumb)… lol

  33. j says:

    i think your text is very misleading, as there are, in fact, only 5 balls.

  34. Mi says:

    so, if you know how to count until 5, count again with the fingers…

  35. Oss says:

    Sorry, I don’t understand. You asked how many balls, not how many finxxxx. Latters are 12. Formers are 5. Wht is wrong?

  36. sasostojki says:

    I’ve counted 5 red balls and 12 fingers . Nice one! :-)

  37. Yura says:

    There are 5 (five) balls. You aren’t asking how many fingers the man has, are you? That’s a cool illusion, but the title is wrong.

  38. jolynn says:

    perhaps the balls are a “red”herring…

  39. Shtnly says:

    I figured this right away only because I have seen the original photo before. ;)

  40. Cheddar says:

    Five balls, twelve fingers

  41. Brenda says:

    I DON’T SEE ANY MORE BALLS. I ONLY COUNT FIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Jimmy says:

    I counted to twelve…. funny

  43. billyg420 says:

    There are only 5 balls, but there are a couple extra of something else.

  44. Angel says:

    the guy has 12 fingers O.o jajaja

  45. Younotgettingmyname says:

    i cant see it

  46. Pedro Polanco III says:

    Pretty clever, I counted 12.

  47. Younotgettingmyname says:

    im only counting 5 balls but he has 12 fingers

  48. me123987645 says:

    I see 0 balls, but 5 red circles.

  49. Nathan says:

    OMG. LOL. I love this one. this is my favorite. mostly because of the comments. there amazingly funny after you understand.

  50. Louise says:

    6 fingers on each hand, the balls are there to make you not see that.

  51. kjm0591 says:

    I saw it right away when I first saw picture….but kept looking at what I was told to I was convinced that what I thought was a separate issue to the illusion.

  52. nrslori says:

    The question about the balls is a diversionary tactic to distract you from what is really unusual about this picture. Look beyond the balls.

  53. Jimmie says:

    Only see 5 red balls, but the guy has five fingers and a thumb on both hands.

  54. kid fever says:

    So is it the six fingers on each hand for 12 lol?

  55. fraggle says:

    The grammatically incorrect question is “Notice how many red ballls are there in this photo?” This is not an illusion. The question merely moves your attention away from what’s really “hidden” in the poorly photoshopped picture. So those of you struggling with how many balls are in the picture, yes, there are 5.

  56. Scott says:

    Another hint: It has nothing to do with red balls.

  57. no matter how many fingers the guy has, there is still only 5 red balls.

  58. azog says:

    Needed the hint, then it jumped out at me. Nice one.

  59. Mikael says:

    It has nothing to do with the balls. The man has 6 fingers on each hand. That is a retarded “illusion” since there really IS no illusion here. You tell someone to count how many red balls there are and that’s what they are going to do.

    I wonder how many people knew the man had 6 fingers on each hand and were still trying to figure out how many balls were supposed to be there after counting only 5.

  60. Blaire says:

    Someone please help me!!! So confused!

  61. Louie G says:

    12 fingers

  62. J says:

    So how would he go about flipping somebody off?

  63. cooper17 says:


  64. Steve says:

    There is an extra finger on each hand…

  65. Landfish says:


  66. Nevian says:

    I feel cheated! Eventually noticed the fingers, but feel it’s beside the point. The text makes such a fuss about the number of red balls, and it turns out I was right all along!

  67. nigel says:

    he has twelve fingers but there’s still only five balls

  68. chi says:

    does it have anything to do with the fact that he has twelve fingers?

  69. Dave Bergfelder says:

    Counted five the first time, started reading your comments and counted again, still five. then I looked at the image and counted 12.

  70. d4n1el says:

    pretty obvious . . . .
    do you really see balls, ’cause there are only circles . . . .

  71. Joe Black says:

    That one is silly. If there are more than five Red Balls then they are hidden inside something, like concentric circles. I want some one to tell me where there are more than five Red Balls, and I did see the Moonwakling Bear and counted 13 passes, so I’m not an idiot.

    • Joe Black says:

      Is this supposed to just be a distraction from the fact the two hands belong to two separate people? I don’t understand the purpose of saying how many balls are there and then put something in the picture that is odd, like two hands that couldn’t be his, because they are facing backwards. If it’s a Moonwalking bear thing then label it Deception or how observant are you, or something, but to just say how many balls are there and then to see if people see the hands, is kinda lame if you ask me.

    • dman says:

      there r only 5 red whatevers u wann callem but he has 5 fingers on each hand plus his 2 thumbs

    • HuggyBun says:

      Okay, I got a clue from another comment…and because it IS a little difficult for some of us (even though there are those who thought it was clever to put “I count 12″) I will go ahead and spill the secret: There ARE 12…..DIGITS!! He has 6 digits on each hand!! And in hint 1: there are only 4 digits. In hint 2: the “monkey paw” has 6 digits. So there you go. Now you know.

    • phugemawl says:

      Talk o the “hand” 1

  72. d4n1el says:

    lol though there actually are 12

  73. poop says:

    12 fingers

  74. Art says:

    Good one.

  75. ben10 says:

    haha!!! nice…12 is the magic number

  76. Amy Smith says:

    This isn’t really an optical illusion. It’s actually inattentional blindness. You’re able to perceive the balls and their sizes and colors perfectly fine, but it’s because you’re focused on them that you may miss something else. Kind of like “spotting the gorilla.” The gorilla’s not an optical illusion, but you miss it because you don’t attend to it.

  77. Stan says:

    It’s not really an “illusion”, is it! Just an exercise in perception.

  78. Greg says:

    Wow, that is misleading. For those who can’t get it, here’s anonther clue: Look beyond the red balls.
    Hope it helps

  79. kjm0591 says:

    I think the explaination is the problem….don’t be decieved by the balls

  80. Lilly says:

    Got it in five seconds, distract the brain to look elsewhere.

  81. Lauren says:

    That’s terrifying! Once you see it, you’ll wonder how you didn’t see it before.

  82. AWESOME NESS says:

    the guy has 6 fingers on each hand…

  83. jarod says:

    did any one notice how many fingers he had?

  84. magpiez says:

    I suppose I am one of those people that always step back and suss out the environment of things before tackling the perceived problem and in doing so (just looking at the picture and what it is whats going on etc and ignoring the splots) there was obviously an issue that had nothing to do with red splots.

    This illusion is a very good example of the old proverb “cant see the woods for the trees”.

  85. Monica says:

    I just see 5…but that guy has 6 fingers in each hand O_o

  86. JD says:

    I see he has extra fingers, but I only see 5 red dots. Am I missing something?

  87. lstjohn says:

    I saw 5 balls and he has 12 fingers.!!! hummm

  88. Beezyyy says:

    why cant you fags just tell the other people who cant find it…itskinda hard to see just look in the center you can barley see it

  89. Debolina Mukherjee says:

    saw it evn b4 looking at the hint.

  90. Luke says:

    Not sure this qualifies as an optical illusion, as there really are only five “balls.”

    The “illusion” is that you are not supposed to notice that he has six fingers on each hand.

    It is like asking how much a gallon of gasoline costs, then saying “wrong, the truth is that it takes longer to fill up your tank!”

  91. breandan says:

    Underwriter’s clue is the best one. What do you know about Anne Boleyn?

  92. Etracir says:


  93. orso54 says:

    He has 6 fingers

  94. Jemish says:

    There is one more illusion, if you concentrate on the dot on the right eye, the small red dots on either sides disappear alternatively

  95. Mark says:

    Well, there really are only 5 red ‘balls’ but you’re probably refering to the fact that the man in the background suffers from polydactyly. Which off course has nothing to do with the five red circles…

  96. Stawolf1001 says:

    didn’t even notice the balls I was staring to hard at something else

  97. Jaimers says:

    The guy has 6 fingers on each hand…Lol

  98. Mike Lowrey says:

    The only twelve i see are fingers, and red circles are 5. If balls is meant to refer to his fingers, then the word choice is horrible. The fingers don’t even appear to be red, yet there are 5 -dimensional representations of balls. Poor grammar i guess is the ollusion

  99. ZeckeX says:

    I see 5 Balls and 12 Fingers !

  100. Sasa says:


  101. Dave says:

    You must have run out of real optical illusions

  102. selena g says:

    they could have at least tell us how many balls there is.

  103. Pallavi says:

    Who didn’t see his fingers???!!!

  104. David says:

    Well what the!!!!!!! I saw the odd thing, but I thought it was about balls! & it’s NOT, so what was the point in asking how many there where

  105. Aestolia says:


  106. Paul says:

    HE has 6 fingers on each hand ————-> Ha Ha Ha

  107. ellis says:

    So he has 10 fingers and 2 thumbs. Don’t look at the balls.

  108. cbani says:

    there are 6 fingers each hand…

  109. xi0 0 1 says:

    he got 12 fingers hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaaha

  110. kim says:

    you are smoken

  111. kim says:

    just lite one see it know ?

  112. kim says:

    6 fingers

  113. DonBetzen says:

    I defy anyone to point out more than 5 red balls or circles. Anyone? Anyone? Yes, there are too many fingers, but that wasn’t the question, was it? In fact, the remarks went on and on about how sure we were that we could only count 5 red balls.

  114. donpakkiri says:


  115. Scott says:

    Ahh, excellent misdirection!

    Good Photoshopping, too.

    Still, I only count two hands.

  116. Miss Anne Thropee says:

    I wasn’t aware that the good ol Misdirection and Photoshop combo was an illusion…

    The first clue? Those are NOT balls…(Is that the strange semantics that was supposed to justify the ‘trick’??

    Yeah…10 and 2. *shakes head* Photoshop REALLY has ruined the true idea of illusion.

  117. neiman says:

    So because the dude has 12 fingers that somehow means there are more than 5 red balls??? You’re lead up to this one doesn’t make sense. It’s like telling someone they’re having a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich for lunch but then you give them a Tuna Sandwich. See an optical illusion, but not the way you led into it.

  118. willie lynch says:

    haha I got it in two seconds, how humorous

  119. memofk says:

    12 fingers

  120. William says:

    i see 5 red circles and 12 fingers !

  121. Kimon says:

    Balls are 5 alright. But I spotted 6 fingers on each hand… Before I read through the rest of the text.

  122. Rhialto says:

    There are *no* balls, just some filled-in red circles, likely photoshopped. They look nothing like balls, either.

  123. stretch says:


  124. Cathy says:

    How about the 10 fingers!

  125. Spoiler says:

    He had twelve fingers.

  126. auntem321 says:

    can’t believe it took me so long to see it!

  127. kyle says:

    the illusion is not how many balls there are but something about the man.

  128. Frank says:

    6 fingers each hand

  129. Bella says:

    I could only see five balls

  130. AmetuerAspirant says:

    this is one of those illusions that separates the ones new to this site from everyone else, they count the red balls, we laugh and notice the 12 digits.

  131. errrrrrin says:

    i got it immeadietly, but i wasn’t sure if that was the illusion :D

    so i was looking through the clues, and then went onto the deceptology website thingy, and the clue at the botto explained that I HAD GOT IT RIGHT.

    that wasn’t a clue for anyone who wants to know…


  132. Melvin says:

    There are 5 balls and no optical illusion; he is real, is from Cuba and his name is Yoandri Hernández Garrido…

  133. jlf says:

    man i didn’t get it

  134. Filtro930 says:

    No pude ver mas de 5 puntos rojos, pero claramente se ven dedos extras en sus manos.

    I didnt see more than 5 red spots,but i realize there is extra fingers on his hands….

  135. nakar says:

    12 fingers ?

  136. fossda says:

    the guy has 5 fingers and a thumb on each hand, but still only see 5 red balls

  137. James Howde says:

    Stupid way to set up the illusion is you ask me (which you didn’t)

    If you count the red photoshopped circles as ‘balls’ there are five, and if you don’t there are none.

    You can mess around with the rest of the photo how you like, add in a Yeti fighting a Unicorn in the background if you want, but that’s still the answer to the question asked.

  138. ray ray says:

    he has 12 fingers… to put in his vagina

  139. bobtard says:


  140. Tom says:

    Keep looking, you’ll finger it out.

  141. ramundo says:

    eh eh! 12 … too many.

  142. chloe says:

    it took me a while but soon realised there is only 5 balls but is something to do with the man

  143. Naz says:

    all you people are saying “you got it”, yet none of you ficks are actually saying what it is that they got. hmmmm. LAME

  144. Big Guy says:

    That’s stupid! The question is “How many red balls can you count in this photo below?” Not how many fingers! Since when is a Photoshopped pic an optical illusion?

  145. Daniel says:

    i don’t like this post yeah he has extra fingers those aren’t red balls! i don’t get it!

  146. Rebecca says:

    I can’t see any more than 5… But, did anyone notice he has 12 fingers? 6 on each hand. •_•

  147. Ann says:

    How is it clever to ask how many balls and then say its to many fingers you should notice. I noticed the fingers but that was not the queston.

  148. ebalir says:

    it has nothign to do with the balls, I saw it right away…

  149. Cathy says:

    I don’t get it. I saw what was wrong with the picture right away, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the 5 red balls.

  150. L.A. ROBB says:

    really?! there are only 5 dots/balls whatever you choose to call them. but duh count the fingers!!!!

  151. GORDO says:

    Don’t you hate that!!! 57 comments and no-one tells you how to figure it out. There are 5 red circles. End of Story??????

  152. Giha gr says:

    guys its not abt the balls. the illusion is about his fingers !! look @ his fingers ….. lol

  153. jennyq8 says:

    man are those congenital???

  154. Noise says:

    Fice circles…12 fingers

  155. G says:

    There is no illusion here just deception. people are looking for balls and it’s not about the balls (circles) at all

  156. dion says:

    looks at his fingers….

  157. this was supid says:

    this was the most stupid thing ive ever seen oviously he has extra fingers oh my god STUPID AS HELL

  158. 6fingerguy says:

    I see a guy with 6 fingers and 5 red circles…

    is that the illusion?
    am I missing something?

    • Mark says:

      Yup, you’re missing the fact that he has two hands with six fingers each. So that makes him a guy with twelve fingers not six. You missed quite a lot.

  159. Sapphire says:

    Dude, count his fingers xD I’m doing this for the desperate people u-u Still don’t know what’s up with ‘balls’ I mean..is that associated with fingers?

    • SlytherinPevensie says:

      The balls were supposed to distract you from noticing the extra fingers. That’s their purpose.

  160. Scot Green says:

    The man has 12 digits, what has that to do with 5 red circles.????

  161. JacLan says:

    Reminds me of “Corel Painter”

  162. Ron says:

    Not really an optical illusion at all. No trick. No ahah moment. The dude has an extra finger on each hand and you don’t notice a first cause they look like normal fingers. You don’t see what you’re not expecting to see.

  163. Roman says:

    The first thing I noticed is that he had aliens hands. 6 fingers on each hand. But I counted 5 balls.

    • CoDfan12 says:

      iys impossible that you counted 5 red balls. there are none. tere are only circles. but i do agree with 12 fingers.

  164. laura l says:

    I count 5 redballs and 12 fingers

  165. SGORKA says:

    five fingers+thumb

  166. hanna says:

    Hey be glad its twelve and not fourteen lol :)

  167. hanna says:

    For anyone who doesn’t understand the illusion, the trick is that the their are no balls just circles. But people think that when they mention balls in the article, people think they are reffering to the circles. The illusion is to get people off gaurd and only focus on the circles rather than the other thinks in the picture, like the fact that there are six fingers on each hand. The picture is trying to prove that its hard to find somthing your not looking for. I hope this has helped! :)

  168. Marissa says:

    I get that the man has 12 fingers but then why does it ask to count the red balls?

  169. Dang says:

    I counted only five balls… no more… many times. I even used my fingers.

  170. Gord says:

    I got it, but when I did get it I didn’t think I had it right. Because the introduction placed so much emphasis on the red balls…it felt less like an optical illusion and more like a cheat.

  171. phugemawl says:

    They would be good balls for a juggler

  172. phugemawl says:


  173. Jugoy says:

    count the red balls. See the fingers?

  174. Shere says:

    You say ball o fingers?

  175. tyller says:

    did anyone else realize he has 6 fingers on his right hand?

  176. Lar says:

    So I guess when it comes to illusion, it’s okay for the blurb to lie? I see the illusion, but it has nothing to do with the 5, and exactly 5 balls. The picture has an illusion, the writing has a deception, since the 5 balls have nothing to do with the illusion.

    • David says:

      That is the beauty, the deception. Focusing on something when there is more to see. American politics.

  177. Kevin says:

    this isn’t an illusion, it’s just misleading description.

    one does not simply ask on a math test, “what is the ancer to 2 + 3?” and say the answer to the question is “‘answer’ is spelled wrong”

    similarly, you don’t ask someone to count the number of red dots and say the answer is this guy has 12 fingers.

    yes, he has 12 fingers. that’s all there is to it. it’s not an optical illusion.

  178. waco says:

    stuuupid – soooo stuuupid if you were standing in front of me I’d give you the finger. hahahahahahahahaha

  179. Roltarn says:

    He has 12 “fingers” but what’s that got to do with the number of red balls (which is only 5). Wouldn’t a better question have been how many fingers.

  180. Elizabeth says:

    Is this actually an optical illusion? An optical illusion is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The question is asked as to how many red balls (circles, whatever) there are. If you answer 5 balls you are of course correct. How is this an optical illusion? That he has 5 fingers on each hand is just that. It is reality. It isn’t an illusion and neither the photo or the balls have anything to do with each other.

  181. Melissa says:

    I’m sorry, either this is really stupid or I am.

    I noticed the fingers right away and then couldn’t figure out why the hell you’re asking how many balls… there are 5 right?


  182. tim says:

    he has 12 fingers

  183. Ed says:

    5 balls and 12 fingers

  184. lolly xx says:

    Haha his fingers!

    There are only 5 balls though :)

  185. TheIllusionist says:

    Dang, that’s not even right or left, HINT HINT!!
    look at

  186. Anzen says:


  187. tucci99 says:

    I don’t get it. If the whole illusion is that he has six fingers on each hand, why the red ball/circle crap. I was truly hoping for something clever, not a joke about wasting time recounting red balls over and over again.

  188. duration9 says:

    12 fingers

  189. Mose says:

    Nevermind the balls. Dude has 6 fingers on each hand.

  190. Ric says:

    Balls… Yeah.. that’s the optical illusion.. :)

    I had an uncle that had this “Unique-ness”

    He could type 20% faster than anybody.

  191. G2loq says:

    After 3 minutes, I can see only 5 red balls… but 12 fingers :)

  192. Dawn says:

    There are only 5 red balls but the guy has 6 fingers on each hand!!!!!!

  193. catherine says:

    I still don’t get it…counted numerous times and can only see 5 red balls!!

  194. catherine says:

    oh wow, just read the blog, can’t believe I missed it!

  195. Scott says:

    What balls? I only see a picture of a guy with 12 fingers with 5 red circles photoshopped onto it.

  196. veryconfuseddotcome says:

    In 10 minutes, I have found 5 red circles in the pictures… am I missing something?

  197. Samith DIlshan says:

    Damn.. I cant see any more red balls…
    but I saw some weird things….
    This man has Six fingers in both hand.

  198. cloze says:

    This is pretty lame, it’s not an optical illusion. ***Hint spoiler: It has nothing to do with the red circles, the text is very misleading and poorly written, look at his fingers**

  199. Nevian says:

    Thought it was about the number of balls? Turns out it’s not and I counted correctly all along. I feel cheated!

  200. Daisymay says:

    It has nothing to do with the balls so the text is very misleading. Forget the balls completely. It isn’t about the red balls at all. There are only five. Nothing hidden there. The illusion is something completely different.

  201. Birro says:

    look with your eyes but also look with your brain!
    You can find it 12

  202. tom says:

    to anyone who still doesn’t get it, try watching the TV show “Fringe”fringe-hand-wallpaper-by-jsky7.jpg

  203. hannah says:

    i dont get it at alll i only see 5

  204. jdog says:

    5 red dots 10 fingers

  205. Aeros says:

    I see it but kinda dumb because the balls have nothing to do with it.
    But the funny thing is seeing how some people are so full of themselves…”I saw it right away”! Get over yourselves.

  206. Connie says:

    forget the balls…
    look closer @ the hands!

  207. Katie says:

    OMG ppl its the fingers not the balls or circles….there are 6 fingers on both hands….the red balls/circles are just to mislead you into looking 4 more red balls/circles LMAO wow

  208. Moonlight says:

    Why Does The Man Have Six Fingers? I Guess That Was The Illusion… xD

  209. Moonlight says:

    I Mean Twelve Fingers, Not Six… I’m A Total Geek. Anyways, I Thought The Description Was Weird. Five Balls, Possibly Representing Five Fingers? Although, Being A Leftie (Which Means I’m Illogic) I Found The Illusion Straight Away Without Reading The Whole Desciption. LOL. :P

  210. Robert Winsor says:

    For me, the extra fingers stuck out like a sore thumb. ;-)

  211. ANSWER:
    Stare at 1 dot. The other dots starts to disappear.
    Or the man has 6 fingers.

  212. cyclone fire ninja says:

    this is stupid. all i am seeing is 5 balls did i miss any? NO.

  213. Mark says:

    …….it can be hard to put your finger on exactly what the illusion is.

  214. qigongdoc says:

    Why does he have six fingers?

  215. I showed this photo to my students and then I showed them the attached awareness test video. This was wonderful! Not exactly an illusion, but it was a great example of how important it is to be open minded and not just search for the answers you are looking for.

  216. ydiss says:

    Not really an optical illusion, though.

  217. Joe Schmigel says:

    And. . . He has 6 fingers on each hand!

  218. Riju says:

    Sigh… Guys, the point is that when you are asked to count the number of balls, you don’t pay attention to other stimuli. Remember the moonwalking bear on the basketball court? Same thing. You’re asked to focus on something, you don’t perceive anything else.

  219. Bobbie says:

    WOW! I thought I would never get it! All these comments talked about the fingers but that is not the optical illusion. When you stare at the balls, the top left ball begins to disappear! So it can sometimes be 4 or sometimes 5 as you see it already… YAYYY!!!

  220. Conair says:

    i dont get it

  221. what i think says:

    I think the red balls is an attempt to try and distract you from the fact that he has 12 fingers.

  222. i masterbated to this photo says:

    woohoo congrats you have two extra fingers. my dad was born with two extra fingers but got them removed. you can look closely at his hands and see tiny stubs.

  223. A says:

    WOW that’s impressive! A: That you don’t notice that B: THE DUDE HAS 6 FINGERS ON EACH HAND!

  224. olivia says:

    i dont get it, people said he has six fingers on both hands witch is true …… but what dose that have to do with the illusion???????

  225. hi all on this ab fab website

  226. tea says:

    why are people trying to sound like big asshole smart ass .. this whole thing is fucking dumb to begin with

    • this is a reply to TEA this a clean non profanity website. why do you come on this ab fab and great website speak such garbage you should wash your mouth out with soap and clean it good. your mouth is worst then a filthy sewer. why are you on this site in the first place and then critize a great optical illusion are you mental disturbed? not taking your meds at night? your very dirty your mouth is. god your filthy! dont go this website and speak ignorance i suggest you take your meds and it will calm you down!

  227. Alex says:

    What’s wrong with this? I have 6 fingers on each hand and I also have 5 red balls.

  228. crazy says:

    final thing ppl: the dude has 12 fingers and there r 5 balls. fingers arent balls, theyre fingers. the intro says nothing about any fingers.

  229. Cesar says:


    The 6 fingers are just a distraction. Cover the image with a piece of paper and start uncovering one by one.

    Here’s a video on how to do it:

  230. CynB says:

    Believe it or not, people 5 fingers is not supposed to be the “norm” it is. 6 fingers per hand is the dominant Mendelian genetic trait. Which means it should show up more often than it does. The rest of us all have 2 copies of the recessive trait of 5 fingers per hand.

  231. mister says:

    It’s known as misdirection, this image doesnt count as an “illusion” as it doesnt use suggestion or misdirection, it simply asks how many red dots there are, the fast that he has an extra finger on each hand is completly irrelevant.
    also for the record, he has total of 10 fingers and 2 thumbs.

  232. Danielle says:

    A thumb is not a finger so we only have 8 fingers. the doofus with the so called “12″ fingers, has only ten.

  233. Chino says:

    Wow in truth its just a title illusion.It said 5 red balls.But the real illusion here is that the guy had 12 fingers. ^_^

  234. Tito says:

    The question is how many red balls we can count. We only can count the balls that are there. One of the main properties of a ball is that its round.

    We see 4 red round cirkels. This must be the balls we are looking for.
    There is also a red dot, the biggest one, which is not perfectly round. Looking closely reveals that is consist of tho red balls covering each other. One is slightly bigger than the other.

    We can see 5 red balls complety and from one ball we can see enough to know for sure that it’s there. So we can ‘count’ 6 balls in total.

  235. josanna says:

    this guy has 12 fingures

  236. josh says:

    this is the third picture i’ve seen on this site, and the 3rd where the perosn has 6 fingers per hand

  237. Candy Princess says:

    Um…..Let me tell you what i saw

    -Twelve Fingers
    -Five Red Dots

  238. gogirl552 says:


  239. bellaoflin says:

    I saw the same as the other two but I think it’s some sort of a game because in one of the red circles theres red lines arond it like youd see in a shoting game

  240. GenCat says:

    WTF! so? the guy has 12 fingers?! how does that help?

  241. rafa says:

    6 fingers in each hand, but still 5 red balls

  242. bee boo says:

    i found it, it was sinch as dude!!!!!!!!!!!

  243. Truth says:

    You guys are missing the point – the illusion is not an optical one, but rather it is one of the mind. There are only five red dots, but that was not the object of the observation. The original intent if for you to observe the 12 fingers, not the five dots. The poster was trying to convey that people get so caught up in trying to find a specific answer to a specific problem that they forget to observe all of the other things that are unique about their given situation. Cheers, mates! =)

    • Padraig says:

      yeah but we don’t really care if there are six fingers. The guy in a gorilla suit was different, because we weren’t being told (or strongly suggested towards) something that wasn’t true.

      Maybe you are the one missing the point Truth. There’s no optical illusion here and I was not in any way surprised. We were looking at the detail of the red circles and nothing else.

      People often have to focus on one thing and simplify it to try to answer a question. So no, this image didn’t “convey” anything at all to me.

    • Andrew Davis says:

      I think that the 12 fingers was supposed to be obvious and the illusion was your disbelief that you counted the 5 dots correctly, the first time. Anyways, it seems that most people have found the fingers. Lesson: don’t doubt yourself.

  244. Topic says:

    how many red balls you find? are you sure there were five red balls?

    Recount again. Can you see another? Look closer. Are you positive there are only five balls?

    yes there were only five red balls! we don’t care how many fingers he have. you brought us that red ball topic, stick to it! you insist that we’re counting it wrong, telling us to recount again? -_-”

  245. frankijo1969 says:

    there are 12 fingers and 5 red balls

  246. simon says:

    This is about drawing you in into clicking more of the links for the hints. Which increase the advertising revenue. The six fingers thing I guess makes the image much more “interesting” and probabaly makes you more likely to think that you are “missing and circle”, as the image has a “quality of strangeness” to it, which is hard to pin down.

    Good stuff.

  247. Reza says:

    When you look at it for a longer time , you can see 8 balls .

    try it guys and be patient .

  248. Lisa says:

    If you look at it long enough a dot disappears…least that’s what I got. The “Hints” were crap though!

  249. Jack Wallace says:

    I first only saw five ball. After the hint, I chuckled when I saw five balls and twelve fingers..lol Then I saw ten balls and twelve fingers. he he he

  250. he got twelve fingers…actually i have fifteen!

  251. NVM says:

    ok i give up now please say where is the last one..

  252. Janet says:

    Read the instructions again. They say “you’ll be surprised at the optical illusion it hides.” That’s the kind of an illusion it is–a hidden one when you’re staring at what you think will be the optical illusion.

  253. Dylan says:

    There are 5 red balls, yes I’m positive.

  254. Me says:

    Dumb ! 5 balls + 12 fingers = Laaaame

  255. lark says:

    middle finger in both hands are the same!

  256. Wolfzoon says:

    There is still

    “You guys are missing the point – the illusion is not an optical one, but rather it is one of the mind.”
    You know what that’s called? Not an illusion.

  257. Richard Austin Rees says:

    The question was how many balls? there are 5 . It doesnt matter that he has 12 fingers or 12ft penis. The questions isnt relevant to that.

    THERE ARE 5 Balls. Now ask a proper question

  258. nick says:

    I don’t care how many effing fingers he has, that’s not the effing point. there are only five dots, that’s it.

  259. JACK says:

    If you stair at his mouth you will only count 3. The other 2 are in your blind spot.
    He does have 10 fingers and 2 thumbs.

  260. Suzannah says:

    I just knew that something did not look right! The thing is that you are too busy counting the red balls that you don’t relise that he has an extra finger!! I did not understand the hint when Iooked at it but then I saw the hand with the extra finger!! Good illusion! ;)

  261. james says:

    I was counting the balls cos its called how many balls NOT HOW MANY FECKIN FINGERS!!!

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